"The Lesson" is the tenth episode of Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


The BAU investigates a serial killer who oddly disposes his victims in Arizona. Also, Reid gets anxious when faced with the possibility of meeting his mystery woman.

Guest Cast

  • Michael Charles Boucher - Evan Davis
  • Jake Brennan - Matt Small
  • Gary Cervantes - Detective Martin
  • Noah Darden - Young Adam Rain
  • Brad Dourif - Adam Rain
  • Kurtis James Erwin - Byron Sadler
  • Hanna Hall - Connie Foster
  • John Hawkinson - Alex Rain
  • Jay Hayden - Bobby Putnam
  • Hans Howes - Mr. James
  • Matt Kirkwood - George Small
  • Suzanne Krull - Doctor Sarah Glenn
  • Mark Povinelli - Mr. Conrad
  • Beth Riesgraf - Maeve Donovan
  • Wendy Rosoff - Lucille
  • Maya Stojan - Hostess
  • Steve Suh - CSI Tech
  • Sean Whalen - Tucker White


  • "Where Is My Mind?" by Rockabye Baby - Lullaby Renditions of The Pixies (Original by The Pixies)

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: William Shakespeare once wrote, "Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind."
  • Spencer Reid: Thomas Merton once wrote, "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone; we find it with another."


Criminal Minds Episodes